As expected, the Atherton City Council appointed John Danielson, former city manager of Elk Grove, to serve as interim city manager until a permanent manager is found. Mr. Danielson, who will begin work on Jan. 3, will make $15,000 monthly and will live in the town-owned house in Holbrook-Palmer Park.
Mr. Danielson's contract with the town, approved at a special council meeting this morning (Dec. 22), specifies that he will not be a candidate for the permanent manager's position.
The council voted 4-0-1 at its Dec. 15 meeting to hire Mr. Danielson, contigent upon coming up with mutually acceptable contract terms. Newly sworn-in Councilman Bill Widmer abstained from voting, saying he had not been part of the interview process and therefore didn't want to participate in the vote. Council members Jim Dobbie and Kathy McKeithen were appointed to a subcommittee to work out an agreement with the chosen candidate.
In a press release issued by the city clerk, Mr. Danielson is described as an "experienced City Manager who has served in a variety of different agencies with a track record of success."
Before choosing Mr. Danielson, "the town hired an independent third party to conduct an extensive background check" on him, the press release said.
"The Council is confident that Mr. Danielson will be an effective leader of the Town staff and will provide the Council with the guidance it needs while it is recruiting and hiring a permanent City Manager," it said.
Mr. Danielson operates Danielson Associates in the Sacramento area, which consults for local government agencies.
Current transitional interim manager Nadine Levin, the former assistant city manager of Mountain View, will leave her post on Jan. 2.